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The Craft PERFECTED! Our Masonic Youth


Coach John S. Nagy
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XII. Our Masonic Youth

Are we expecting too much from
our youthful Brothers?

Research reflects what our nation’s forefathers knew long ago: You cannot expect wisdom to be a principle component of youthful activities. They believed this so strongly that they incorporated this very ideal into our nation’s laws. Citizens must reach a specific age before they are considered eligible to hold important governing positions. What did they know about maturity that we should know as well?

There should be no doubt in any Masterful Mason’s mind that Masonic Work transforms men toward the better. It does this by engaging their hearts and minds in activities designed to Work areas of the brain that promote improved and mature thinking. These areas are specific and Masons who engage in helping others develop should take note of these areas early on to determine this Work’s effectiveness.

One standard of effective measurement is maturity. Masonic coaches and mentors should well acquaint themselves with methods that can both develop and ascertain maturity in those they are asked to assist in Masonic Work. It might occur to those Brothers who have considered deeply the current state of the Craft that their failure to mature the Lodge weakens the Fraternity daily and causes Brothers to focus attention on superfluous matters and activities. Reviewing the division between Youth and Manhood might be a good starting point for those interested in being a force for change within the Craft.


It might surprise some people to know that adulthood does not begin between ages 18 and 21. Yes, this is considered the legal age of consent and the time when those who reach it can and do take on many adult activities and responsibilities. It is also around the time when a person is judged and held accountable as an adult. This age is also long past when participation in biological reproduction can and does occur.

The benchmarks set up by modern society as the transition point between Youth and Adulthood is not however when biological adulthood begins. Authentic adulthood in humans occurs several years later on, and in some cases, much later on, if at all.[ii]

Adulthood is dependent upon the coming to fruition of a specific section of the brain called the Pre-Frontal Cortex (PFC)[iii].


According to researchers, the PFC is the section of the human brain responsible for dividing Youth from Adulthood. The PFC is proportionally larger in humans than all other animals. It has also grown proportionally larger in relation to other portions of the human brain over the time humans have purported to have existed on earth. In humans and on average, the PFC continues to grow into the mid-twenties.

The characteristics[iv] of an undeveloped PFC are many. Here are just a few:

· Lack of foresight
· Unfocused attention
· Short attention span
· Inappropriate behavior
· Little to no impulse control
· Cannot self-assess realistically
· Little to no delayed gratification
· Strategies and planning are ill-formed
· Lack of weighing behavioral consequences
· Disorganized thinking and problem solving
· Little to no modulation of intense emotions
· Behavior doesn’t adjust as situations change
· Inappropriate risk-taking and dangerous behavior
· Inability to consider the future and make predictions
· Short-term rewards take precedence over long-term goals
· Inability to consider multiple streams of complex and challenging information

These are but a few of the many distinguishing characteristics that help identify males who have further growth required of their PFC before reaching manhood. It benefits all coaches and mentors to recognize these characteristics as they support our next generation of males through their Masonic development.


Research the PFC enough and you’ll learn that it does many functions important to our Masonic path. ...

Continued here: The Craft PERFECTED! chapter preview XII

Spiro D'Estini

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What do you think about the reverse, when there are rigid, disciplined, forward-looking, severe young men that seem to have internalized a 50 year old's mentality by the time they are 16 or so?

I find this personality type common in the American "Right" and I find myself constantly endeavoring to like, spark something of youth in them, rather than mature them. It seems to me like a recipe for disastrous breakdown later in life, or am I just projecting or something?

I'm talking about the guys who don't seem to even understand what fun even is and who always behave as if some terrifying father figure is watching them and their thoughts.

I actually proposed to my WM a program to address this sort of thing, to stir the part of the brain below the PFC.

My theory is, no man can perceive a group except by processing his place in or against it with his own group, and likewise he cannot perceive a group's shared actions except, militarily? Politically? So my example to the WM is a soccer ball. I suggested that if you drop a ball on the ground among Brothers, and Brothers from 1 Lodge kick it to another Brother, than any Mason will feel a sub-PFC compulsion to intercept the momentum of the ball or take control of its trajectory for his own Lodge.

I dunno, just an idea that I have been floating around my mind lately. I call it the Foot Clan.